2018-06-26 Design Sprint – An Interactive Workshop

For our last event of the 2017-18 season, CapCHI is holding an interactive Design Sprint workshop! Led by former IBMer and design thinking advocate, Ron Gagnier, participants will spend the evening learning techniques that Google Ventures call “a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more.”

This hands-on event will see participants working on a fun and unique design challenge with a team of fellow UX and HCI enthusiasts. Everyone who registers will be placed on a team of 5 or 6 and we are limiting participation to 60. Pre-registration is REQUIRED, so get your ticket before they’re all gone.

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill for complimentary appetizers and networking opportunities at 6:00pm, with the workshop beginning at 6:30 (running for approximately 1.5 hours). As always, our partners at The Fox & Feather will be providing our attendees with 10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm; workshop begins at 6:30pm
Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!) (Free!): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-design-sprint-workshop-tickets-46533379591.

Workshop Details:

Product success hinges on exceptional customer experience. Do you think your customer experience is on the right track? What can be done if it isn’t? Learn how to use Design Sprints to achieve awesome design results fast through a hands-on workshop. The workshop will provide an overview of an emerging design approach known as a Design Sprint which packages all the facets of design thinking into short, high-impact sprints. Sounds intense? Google Ventures believes design sprints are the best way to accelerate product design. Ron has used the design sprint approach to achieve great outcomes with both start-ups and established companies. Bring your enthusiasm and get ready to roll-up your sleeves for this fun interactive workshop.


Facilitator Bio:

Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences through Design and Education
Ron Gagnier is a champion of customer experience, product design and design thinking. He has worked in the design studios of IBM, started the design program at Halogen Software, been a design consultant with start-ups and enterprise companies for 20 years and currently acts as the resident design expert at Invest Ottawa. He is an outspoken advocate for design thinking and delivers fun, memorable workshops around the city. As a design consultant and business mentor for start-ups Ron has observed most struggle to utilize design to deliver the best customer experience they can. Ron works with a company to develop the design strategy needed for success. When Ron isn’t evangelizing the merits of design he can be found at a local ice rink with his kids or playing the guitar.

Read his blog: www.rongagnier.com/blog
Reach him by email: rongagnier@yahoo.com
Follow him on Twitter: @rongagnier
Connect on linkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/rongagnier

2018 Annual General Meeting

At the conclusion of our event on Tuesday, June 26, CapCHI will hold it’s annual general meeting (AGM), as stipulated in our organization’s charter. This meeting is open to all and is a good opportunity to learn more about us if you are interested in volunteering to help build our events and bring the community together.

If you are interested in event planning, social media, or have other ideas of how you could contribute to our team, please come see us on June 26 after the Design Sprint Workshop. This is a great opportunity to expand your network and to be part of a dedicated team of volunteers

 

When and Where

This event will take place on Tuesday, June 26th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).
When and Where:

 

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2018-02-20 Software for Libertines

Join us at The Fox & Feather Pub & Grill on February 20th for “Software for Libertines“, presented by Pascal de Grandpré from Ordi-Folie.

Doors open at 6:00pm for networking and the event starts at 6:30pm. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for some high quality post-event networking.

Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Presentation begins at 6:30pm.

Place: Upstairs dining room (third floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

 

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-software-for-libertines-tickets-42436408440.

 

Presentation Synopsis:

Heteros have Tinder, gays have Grindr, and now libertines have LeeLoo. Leeloo is a location-based mobile application that helps libertine individuals (or couples) find “matches”. Pascal de Grandpré co-founded the startup Leeloo with his partner Brian Couchman. Pascal began by conducting a detailed in-depth study to collect data of the libertine community and analyse it. His goal was to deeply
understand the reality of his end-users. Leeloo was then designed and developed using a user-centered approach. New functionality was designed and tested in collaboration with a group of ambassadors from the libertine community. This approach allowed Pascal and Brian to create the first version of Leeloo, which they consider to be a minimum viable product (MVP). LeeLoo has been (and is still) a wonderful LEAN startup laboratory that continuously tests new concepts and assumptions in collaboration with a dynamic and mutating community of end users. Come to satisfy your curiosity about a unique design space. Learn about user research, continuous user-centered design, and lean UX in the process.

Speaker bio:

Pascal is a partner at Ordi-Folie, a company that acts as “Virtual CTO” for its clients. They’ve created designs, mobile applications, web sites and software for IBM, Bouygues Telecom, a number of Canadian hospitals, and organizations in the manufacturing/distribution industry and the artist production industry. As a digital nomad, Pascal remotely manages his company while finding inspiration in discovering the planet with his wife and dog “Gypsy”. His company only employs like-minded fellow travelers as the team meets by video conference and works no more than 20 hours/week. He has designed traveler vans in Australia, taught IT to Canadian immigrants, collected plastic waste while off-road- tripping around the Americas in his 4×4 vehicle, renovated a shack while paragliding in the French Alps, guided divers under water in the Philippines, climbed to the Mont Blanc and Everest base camp, and guided hikers in the Canadian Rockies.

For more info, you can follow Pascal on Twitter @pgranpre.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

2018-01-16 Startup Showcase 2018

Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, where some local startups will present their products and business concepts. The aim of the event is to get these companies exposed and to provide them with valuable feedback that can help them tweak a product, improve the product roadmap, or simply get some words of encouragement that they’re doing an awesome job.

Come for the product demos and stay for the awesome networking, food, and drinks. There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks. We invite you to stick around for post-event networking and some potential hands-on technology demos!  Anyone and everyone is welcome.

Date: Tuesday January 16th, 2018.

Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; presentations begins at 6:30 pm.

Place: Upstairs room (3rd floor) at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-startup-showcase-2018-tickets-41383013708

Join us at 6pm for complimentary appetizers and chats with like-minded friends. You’ll also get 10-percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Use #capchi if your tweeting or posting!

Meet our Startups

Cumulus Dental: a voice-activated dental assistant

Eighty-five percent of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental was founded in 2013 with one vision: to improve dental care by creating efficiencies within dental practices. Though most dental offices in North America use digital dental office management systems (DOMS) for scheduling and financial transactions, as many as 85% of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental created its flagship product—SmartChart—to improve practice productivity and patient care by reducing the administrative burden and potential for error of paper-based processes. SmartChart is a revolutionary 3D voice-activated dental charting system that increases charting speed, improves record accuracy, and enhances the patient experience.

http://www.cumulusdental.ca

  • Dr. Marc Lamarre co-founded Cumulus Dental in 2013 with one vision: To improve dental care by creating efficiencies within dental practices. Though most dental offices in North America use digital dental office management systems (DOMS) for scheduling and financial transactions, as many as 85% of dental offices still use paper dental charts. Cumulus Dental created its flagship product—SmartChart—to improve practice productivity and patient care by reducing the administrative burden and potential for error of paper-based processes. SmartChart is a revolutionary 3D voice-activated dental charting system that increases charting speed, improves record accuracy, and enhances the patient experience.
  • Chris Elliott has many years’ experience as an innovative web, mobile, and desktop software designer, as well as a developer, technologist, manager, and coordinator. He has developed advanced software, hardware, real-time and embedded systems with several established and start-up companies in the Ottawa area. Chris has extensive prototype and release version software development lifecycle experience. He is also a professor and principal investigator at Algonquin College in the Media and Design department, and works as a project manager and consultant in the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Department. Chris is passionate about HCI and UX and has taught advanced User Experience courses at Algonquin. Chris will be presenting with Dr. Marc Lamarre.

NightLight: an app and consulting service to reduce the risk of sexual assault at mass events

Sexual assaults are not uncommon at mass events such as festivals. NightLight Consultants offer deep expertise in the sexual assault domain and useful technologies, such as a mobile app for event attendees that can trigger a safety alert to security personnel who see a photo and the GPS location of a distressed person. Other technologies provide post-event information for media, security personnel, and event organizers. NightLight Consultants help festival, event and school organizers with reactive and proactive sexual assault response and prevention.

http://www.nightlightconsultants.com

  • Dr. Kari Samsel, founder of NightLight Consultants, is an Emergency Physician and Medical Director of the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital. She’s the only Canadian physician to hold specialized degrees in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Forensic Sciences. She is motivated by her research showing that 25% of sexually assaulted patients seen were from large events such as music festivals, frosh week and during major holidays.

Contextere: wearable AR systems for industrial maintenance workers

This is an application of augmented reality that is really compelling. Contextere is an industrial software company creating blue collar AI via machine learning. Without solutions, blue collar workers receive curated guidance via mobile and wearable devices which supports them in the performance of their tasks, making it safer and more efficient.

http://contextere.com

  • Gabe Batstone has 20+ years of experience in software and technology development in the domains of aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy. He’s worked for NAVTEQ, CAE, and NGRAIN. Gabe has a BA in Geographic Information Systems and an MBA.  He is contextere’s CEO.

Welbi: a smartwatch and app to care for loved ones

Caring for loved ones is at issue here. Welbi is a startup and an application that helps its users look after their at-risk aging parent. It uses existing wearables to analyze sleep, activity and heart rate patterns, and then notifies the user about changes in their parents’ habits.

https://www.welbi.co

  • Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau started her entrepreneurship journey at the age of 18 years old. She founded three startups: Camp Pulsion, AmbiZion, and Welbi. A graduate of the Telfer School of Management at Ottawa U., she is now working full time on Welbi. With the help of existing health devices, like Fitbit or iHealth, Welbi analyzes the habits and well-being of your loved one and notifies you when a change is detected. Welbi’s main objective is to help families keep their loved ones at home longer and to consequently keep them happier. Another application is for individuals to track their own health.

FillMyFridge: online grocery shopping

Online shopping is a hot topic these days. Since 2013, FillMyfridge provides easy, convenient, hands-free online grocery and liquor shopping and delivery via the web. It is on a mission to save you time for more happiness in its customers’ lives. It promises same-day deliveries anywhere in Ottawa and surrounding areas, quality produce and meat, and a no-questions-asked refund policy.

https://fillmyfridge.ca

  • Eli Ilatov is a co-founder of Fillmyfridge. He is an experienced software development manager, computer engineer and business expert. He studied Business Consulting and has an MBA from York University.

 

When and Where:

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 16th, 6:00 pm at the The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.